Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission announced the landmarking of the Claremont Theater Building at 3320-3328 Broadway on Harlem, at the southeast corner of 135th Street. The neo-Renaissance building was opened in 1914 to show “photoplays,” and was designed by Gaetano Ajello and commissioned by Harvey M. and Arlington C. Hall of Wayside Realty Company.
In the 1920′s the building’s storefronts were leased out to automobile-product stores, and in 1933 the theater closed and was converted to an auto showroom. Currently, it looks like it’s being used for a furniture shop.
Thomaas Edison shot a short film in 1915 featuring the building’s entrance (mpg).